Payson In­ter­faith Coun­cil cel­e­brates new sta­tus

Serve Daily - - COMMUNITY - By Miriam Hawkes Boa­tright for Serve Daily

Payson’s In­ter­faith Coun­cil meets ev­ery month, but the meet­ing on June 26th was his­toric. Af­ter serv­ing the com­mu­nity for sev­eral years the coun­cil is now an of­fi­cial non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tion with 501c3 sta­tus.

The In­ter­faith Coun­cil spon­sors and plans the an­nual Mayor’s Prayer Break­fast dur­ing Septem­ber’s Onion Days and raises funds each Fe­bru­ary for Payson’s Help­ing Hands Coali­tion. With the new le­gal sta­tus, the coun­cil can stretch Payson ci­ti­zens’ gen­er­ous do­na­tions and ser­vice even far­ther as they try to re­lieve suf­fer­ing and strengthen fam­i­lies.

In ad­di­tion to rais­ing funds for char­ity, the coun­cil wants to im­prove ad­ver­tis­ing op­tions for each of the dif­fer­ent churches to share their needs, news, and ser­vice events so those who might not be aware of them can be bet­ter neigh­bors.

Watch for more op­por­tu­ni­ties in this co­op­er­a­tive ef­fort, where the strength of peo­ple work­ing to­gether is so much greater than any­one stand­ing alone.

The In­ter­faith Coun­cil wants sup­port from peo­ple of all faiths, or no faith.

Cur­rently, five dif­fer­ent de­nom­i­na­tions par­tic­i­pate on the Coun­cil: San An­dres Catholic Par­ish (with the Knights of Colum­bus), Hope Bap­tist Church, Payson Bi­ble Church, Chris­tian Life As­sem­bly of God, and The Church of Je­sus Christ of Lat­ter-day Saints.

Present at the June meet­ing of the Payson In­ter­faith Coun­cil Front row, left to right: Jeff Bunker, Miriam Boa­tright, Vanessa Hansen, Pas­tor Kent Boykin (chair), Mayor Bill Wright. Back row, left to right: Fa­ther José Rausseo, Blake Boa­tright, Mike...

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